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2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: TV Schedule, Tee Times, Parings For Thursday

The 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational gets underway in Akron on Thursday morning with a star-studded field from around the world. The classic American parklands course is playing at 7400 yards and Firestone will being a two-week stretch where all the best players in the world are in attendance. In the morning wave, Ernie Els will make his first appearance since his Open win at Lytham. He will be paired with 2012 Masters champ Bubba Watson, going off No. 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET. Phil Mickelson will be playing with world No. 1 Luke Donald at 10 a.m. ET.

Golf Channel will provide an extra hour of coverage from Firestone South before the weekend. The broadcast will come on the air at 2 p.m. ET and run until 6 p.m. ET. This limited-field event is loaded from start to finish, and the best strategy is often to post up at one hole and watch as each group comes through. But if you're into following Tiger Woods, he'll be going off in the afternoon on No. 1 at 1:50 p.m. ET. A complete schedule of tee times for Thursday:

Morning wave off No. 1:

8:40 am Bae, Sang-Moon Donaldson, Jamie
8:50 am Goosen, Retief Wiesberger, Bernd
9:00 am Lawrie, Paul Muto, Toshinori
9:10 am Chalmers, Greg Rock, Robert
9:20 am Allenby, Robert Haas, Bill
9:30 am Potter, Jr., Ted Kim, K.T.
9:40 am Wagner, Johnson Schwartzel, Charl
9:50 am Johnson, Zach Singh, Jeev Milkha
10:00 am Crane, Ben Rose, Justin
10:10 am Garcia, Sergio Van Pelt, Bo

Morning wave off No. 10:

8:40 am Jacobson, Fredrik Fdez-Castano, Gonzalo
8:50 am Pettersson, Carl Siem, Marcel
9:00 am Lewis, Tom Hoey, Michael
9:10 am Fujimoto, Yoshinori Hanson, Peter
9:20 am Na, Kevin Leishman, Marc
9:30 am Els, Ernie Watson, Bubba
9:40 am Kuchar, Matt Scott, Adam
9:50 am Bradley, Keegan Dufner, Jason
10:00 am Mickelson, Phil Donald, Luke
10:10 am Fowler, Rickie Westwood, Lee

Afternoon wave off No. 1:

12:30 pm Jaidee, Thongchai Piercy, Scott
12:40 pm Colsaerts, Nicolas Willett, Danny
12:50 pm Taniguchi, Toru Senden, John
1:00 pm Watney, Nick Yang, Y.E.
1:10 pm Kaymer, Martin Stricker, Steve
1:20 pm McIlroy, Rory Ishikawa, Ryo
1:30 pm Mahan, Hunter Oosthuizen, Louis
1:40 pm Johnson, Dustin Quiros, Alvaro
1:50 pm Woods, Tiger Grace, Branden
2:00 pm McDowell, Graeme Snedeker, Brandt

Afternoon wave off No. 10:

12:30 pm Cabrera Bello, Rafael Dyson, Simon
12:40 pm Laird, Martin Slattery, Lee
12:50 pm Luiten, Joost Bekker, Oliver
1:00 pm Molinari, Francesco Poulter, Ian
1:10 pm Stanley, Kyle Bjorn, Thomas
1:20 pm Baddeley, Aaron Toms, David
1:30 pm Day, Jason Furyk, Jim
1:40 pm Wilson, Mark Choi, K.J.
1:50 pm Byrd, Jonathan Ogilvy, Geoff

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Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.